Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Columbia, MO USA
Re: SE Michigan, want to hire help with disc brake conversion and suspension rebuild
I used my trusty el-cheapo, $9.00 HFT air chisel and did my new poly A-Arm bushings totally by hand in like 3.5 to 4 hours one Sat. afternoon while sitting on my garage floor!! A chisel will knock them right out!!! Just work around them w/ the gun and pop!!
I then just used a stack of different sized cheap thick washers, a short length of 1/2" althread and several nuts and some lube on the threads along w/ my 1/2" ratchet, socket and needed boxend!! And a couple of short sockets to use as spacers to keep from calapsing the bushing flanges as I pressed them back in w/ the althread.... You will see what I mean.....
Only thing was that I did wear a small blister in the palm of my hand after wearing the "hair" off it!!
And on the last one, you need a short piece of stout wood 1 x to use as a spacer to keep from bending in the jaw of the a-arm while putting in the last one using a decently sized Ford Tool by hand w/ the upper A-arm shaft in RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!
No biggie at all!
EASY job to me! One shop wanted like $80 to do it!! I just said, Thanks and LEFT FAST!!!!
As for ball-joints, and grind them off using a 4.5" angle grinder, or cut them off w/ a sharp cold chisel or center punch them and drill them off carefully and bolt them back on!!! Again EASY!!
Springs, the HARDEST thing is making DARN sure the top pigtail is in it's proper location and go!!! Use a GOOD internal spring compressor here.
You will need to thread it all up from the bottom hole probably in pieces as well as use a small floor jack located at a 90 degree from the centerline of the car so it can move in and out as it lifts and such..
If springs have to come out and spindles off first, tie the springs down using a short piece of light chain or rope it SEVERAL times b/ if one get's away from you, it CAN KILL YOU!!
I ALWAYS raise and lower my cars spindles from the side of the extended jack handle just in case.. Not straight on for safety is all......
Lossen each ball joint castle nut about two complete threads and put the jack under DOWN AND LOOSE a bit to catch it like I said earlier and whack both sides of the spindle first one ball joint until it pops using a 3 pound Ford Tool and then the next one until it pop's too and you can drop them right down..
I'm talking about some pretty good WHACK'S if they don't pop right loose easy!! No biggie at all... And don't get all up tight when one pop's b/c it can POP pretty f-- LOUD!!!! Like BANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And just reverse repeat and you are done!!
I did mine in like three day's once I got started!! Same way w/ the rearend but like in a day!!
General, I think you can do this fine AND if you run into a glitch, haul yourself back ta the keyboard here and ask us what need's to be done!!
Been there, done this a couple a times, He, He!!!!
Only problem I had was that it was at least 95 to a 100 f-- degrees out when I got the nerve up ta finally tackle my 100 percent suspension rebuild!!!